Join Date: Nov 2009
Location: Sleeping in the house of my latest jumpoff.
Miami R1: Dodig def. [LL] Kamke 6-0 2-6 7-6(5)
Scoreline is sort of deceiving (at least the first set scoreline) since Dodig rarely had easy holds of serve throughout the match, and struggled throughout the entire match to hold. There was a long break between the second and third sets, which maybe (?) would explain the struggle to hold serve for Dodig.
Dodig saved four break points the first service game of the match, saved 0-40 against his serve and four more BPs at *2-0 in a very long deuce game, and had 30 all on his serve at *4-0. Kamke won 41% of return points in the first set; he saved three BPs before being broken in another long deuce game to go down 0-*4 and had two game points before being broken to get bageled in the first set.
In the second set, Kamke won his first game for 1 all in the set to 30, after missing all first serves in the game. Kamke held serve again before breaking Dodig twice in a row to take the set. Kamke only lost five service points in the second set and Dodig won only 48% of service points, with a below 50% first serve percentage.
In the third set, Kamke broke to 30 to take the early lead. Kamke also had 30-*15 at 4-*2 to take complete control, before Dodig held hitting back to back aces to get to game point. Dodig had break point to break back immediately for 1 all and 15-30 to break at 2-*3, which were not taken, until finally breaking serve for 4 all, after Kamke had two game points. Dodig held to love for the first time in the match to hold for 5-4 and had 0-30 to break to win the match, before Kamke won four straight points to hold. Dodig held to 15 for 6-5 and Kamke saved a match point against him to hold to send the match into a final set decider.
In the tiebreak, both guys held serve until Dodig got the first mini-break for 4-*2. Kamke got things back on serve for 5-4, before Dodig won two straight points from 5 all to win the match.
Both guys have been really, really struggling and a win here was very important for both. Mayer in the next round will present a great opportunity for Dodig to make the third round here...........but hopefully Flo does what is required and handles his business. Match took 2:42 to complete.